I decided a while ago that I needed to sacrifice spending a small fortune on my favourite premium branded beauty products, and try some cheaper, drugstore brands.
New baby, new house... I needed to save some pennies. But I'm just too addicted to my MAC. I'm too quick to go straight to MAC when I need something new. Although I've since found the drugstore aisles to be pretty exciting, and have found some fab little gems amongst them.
So I'll be posting some comparisons or reviews when I find some fab little beauties among the drugstore brands as part of my Premium VS Drugstore Beauty series.
I'm trying out a drugstore foundation from the Maybelline stand.
Now, foundation is a tough one. Find me a drugstore foundation better than my favourite premium brands. I'm yet to find one.
It was going to be hard to find a foundation as good as these, in my opinion, among the drugstore favourites.
I searched the drugstore aisles and decided on Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin (£8.99/Boots).
Now, the first hurdle was deciding which shade to buy. I know my shade in MAC and Chanel products and can be matched up by one of their MUA's throughout the year to match my skin colour if needed. With drugstore products, it's all guess work. Now I know the best way is to test on my jaw line in the natural light. But I really don't have the time to keep popping outside, with a pushchair, checking foundation shades with my compact mirror!! So I picked up what I thought was the shade closest to my skin colour.
The foundation claims to reduce the appearance of visible effects of stress including bumps, dullness and redness. Sounds good! And if used everyday, it will improve the look of the skin. We like this! It promises to even out skin tone and provide a healthy glow, which is what I love about Studio Sculpt. So on paper, it sounds like a fantastic alternative...
It's safe to say, I cocked up with the shade. Too dark. And this massively affected the product for me. It applied well, gave an even finish and had an average, every day base... But I had to apply powder to attempt to tone down the orange-ness, which meant any healthy glow it had promised, I didn't get the benefit of seeing. And I couldn't build up the coverage as it was far too orange.
When I first started using it, I really liked it. But after a while I noticed more negatives about it, and began to compare it more and more to my usual favourites.
Although it seemed fine for everyday foundation, I felt I was reaching for other highlighting products to help achieve the glowy look I usually get from my usual. And I often felt it looked quite patchy by the end of the day. I have a feeling this was due to the colour.
I wasn't even halfway through the bottle when I ended up purchasing a tube of Studio Sculpt. I started to mix a little with the Maybelline, which gave a lovely finish, helped with the coverage and the colouring.
For an everyday foundation, maybe for those days I don't have much planned, it's a lovely foundation. Providing you find the right shade, of course! But if you're used to a more high end foundation with high end results, you'll probably struggle with a drugstore alternative, as did I.
I think, as far as makeup goes, your foundation is probably the most important product you'll use, so you'll want the best from it. And in this case, I think I'll be sticking with my premium products!!
Premium 1 Drugstore 0.
Have you found a drugstore foundation as good as a premium brand?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!!